Debates with William Lane Craig
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Sponsored by the University of Notre Dame’s Center for the Philosophy of Religion, William Lane Craig and Sam Harris met for the first time in April of 2011 to tackle the question, “Are the foundations of morals natural or supernatural?” Dr. Craig argues ontologically, asserting that theism alone provides an objective standard for the existence of morality. His investigation highlights the flaws in naturalism and atheism, pointing out that morality is only possible when free will exists, and cannot arise from mere biological imperative. Harris grounds his arguments in utilitarianism, suggesting that moral values result from human evolution and the practices of popular culture. For Harris, the question of good and evil comes down to the human mind, and the experience of pleasure versus misery, relegating morality to a matter of perception.
Volume 1: 1) Christopher Hitchens - Does God Exist? Biola University 2) John Shelby Spong - Resurrection Debate: Bethel College, Indiana 3) Peter Atkins - What is the Evidence for/against the Existence of God? Carter Center, Atlanta 4) Gerd Ludemann - Did Jesus Rise from the Dead? Boston College 5) Victor Stenger - Existence of God? Oregon State University 6) Jamal Badawi - Concept of God in Islam and Christianity: University of Illinois.
Volume 2: 7) Lewis Wolpert - Is God a Delusion? Central Hall Westminster, London 8) Frank Zindler - Atheism vs. Christianity: Willow Creek Church, Chicago 9) Marcus Borg - Did Jesus Physically Rise from the Dead? University of North Texas 10) Austin Dacey - Does God Exist? Purdue University, Indiana 11) Francisco Ayala - Intelligent Design: Is It Viable? University of Indiana 12) Bart Ehrman - Is There Historical Evidence for the Resurrection of Jesus? College of the Holy Cross , Mass.
2 Boxed sets of twelve of Dr. Craig's top debates, picked by Dr. Craig himself, with philosophers, scientists, and biblical scholars on a wide variety of issues. See the arguments in action against biblical Christianity's top critics!
On April 4, 2009, William Lane Craig and Christopher Hitchens met at Biola University to debate the question of God's existence. In front of an overflow crowd and a global internet audience, they debated the origin and design of the universe, the implications of human morality, the deity of Jesus, and the validity of Christ's resurrection. It was a compelling clash of worldviews and an examination of the major arguments for and against Christianity and atheism.
This two-DVD set captures every moment of the debate (documented by 10 cameras). Bonus features include the pre-debate press conference, a question and answer session, and interviews with Craig and Hitchens. Does God Exist is a vital resource for anyone who doubts the Christian faith, or seeks convincing evidence to defend it.
Founded in 1823, the Oxford Union is the most prestigious debating society in the world, within whose walls British prime ministers and heads of the state have argued their views. On the evening of April 28, 2005, the Union sponsored this unusual debate between the American Christian philosopher William Lane Craig and Oxford University's own A.C. Grayling, a distinguished philosopher and man of letters famous in Great Britain for his vociferous secularism. Decide for yourself whether belief in God can be rationally maintained in the face of terrible suffering.
This debate in the awe-inspiring Great Hall of the University of Bristol in England is unusual in that Dr. Pyle came thoroughly prepared to contest Dr. Craig's arguments for the Christian God. The result is a scrappy and substantive exchange on the issues, followed by a serious Question and Answer time with the large audience.
Cambridge University was the site of the third debate in Dr. Craig's European Apologetics Network 2005 speaking tour. He takes on Cambridge University's young and sometimes caustic atheist philosopher Arif Ahmed.
Three and a half thousand people gathered in the Elliott Hall of Music on the campus of Purdue University to witness this intellectual collision of two major competing worldviews in American culture: Christianity and secular humanism. In this debate the young atheist humanist Austin Dacey takes on William Lane Craig.
A debate with an influential ex-evangelical focusing on Ehrman's claim that a miraculous event like the resurrection of Jesus is so improbable that no historian could ever justifiably adopt such an explanation of the fate of Jesus of Nazareth. Dr. Craig exposes two critical mistakes in Ehrman's reasoning which he calls "Ehrman's Egregious Error" and "Bart's Blunder."
Dr. Craig takes on one of the "four horsemen" of the New Atheism in this celebrated encounter moderated by radio personality Hugh Hewitt. Nearly 10,000 people attended this debate in person, while countless more watched it live at sites in 35 states and four foreign countries. One atheist blogger's summary of the debate: "Frankly, Craig spanked Hitchens like a foolish child."
This dialogue with a long-time critic of the kalam cosmological focuses entirely on that argument. The result is a friendly, substantive discussion of almost all aspects of that argument. This is a must for fans and critics of the kalam cosmological argument!
A poignant debate at the University of Saskatchewan on whether the apparently pointless evil and suffering in the world make atheism the rationally superior worldview.
This debate during the University of Indiana's celebrations of the 150th anniversary of Darwin's Origin of the Species pits Dr. Craig against one of the world's most eminent evolutionary biologists. The debate carefully differentiates different senses of "evolution," explores the explanatory mechanisms alleged to account for evolutionary change, and examines the typical objections to a design inference in biology, including the presence of sub-optimal designs in nature and the problem of animal suffering.
In this spirited debate before 3,000 Iowa State University students on the historical veracity of the resurrection of Jesus, Dr. Craig challenges Religious Studies Prof. Hector Avalos' determined efforts to undermine the faith of students in his classes.
A young New Testament scholar takes on Dr. Craig at the University of Sheffield, England. Dr. Crossley dates Mark's Gospel to A.D. 40 but nonethless explains his empty tomb narrative as an example of creative Jewish story-writing and takes Jesus' post-mortem appearances to be hallucinatory visions.
A lively debate on the real Jesus, held at historic Moody Church in Chicago and moderated by William F. Buckley, with the co-chairman of the radical Jesus Seminar, featuring a colorful mix of Irish, British, and American accents.
Dr. Craig's lecture followed by commentary by Oxford University tutor in New Testament Studies John Muddiman, dialogue, and student questions at the meeting of the Theological Society of Oxford University in the spring of 2005.
Magnificent Central Hall in the heart of London was packed with 2,200 people to watch this scintillating debate bewtween one of Britain's best known atheists and Dr. Craig. Moderated by the ascerbic BBC commentator John Humphreys, the debate features an entertaining moderated dialogue between the two protagonists.
Professor Antony, a lapsed Catholic, defends the objectivity of moral values and duties without God and presses the famous Euthyphro Dilemma against divine command morality. The debate not only includes Dr. Craig's instructive response to these criticisms but also contains some revealing personal moments as well.
A debate at the University of Georgia between the Italian biologist and ardent anti-theist Massimo Pigliucci and William Lane Craig on the question of God's existence, in which they tackle questions like the compatibility of biological evolution with Christian theism, the existence and foundation of moral values, and the implications of modern cosmology for the existence of God.
Eine ungewöhnliche und spannende Debatte an der Technische Universität-München mit Schwerpunkt Craigs fünf Gottesbeweise und Hörsters Problem des übels.
"It would be possible to describe everything scientifically, but it would make no sense; it would be without meaning, as if you described a Beethoven symphony as a variation of wave pressure.” Albert Einstein. This debate is moderated by William F. Buckley, Jr.
The largest audience in recent memory crowded into the elegant Town Hall in Sydney, Australia, for a rare chance to hear this debate with the eminent Australian philosopher Peter Slezak on the question of the existence of God. The debate ranges over such diverse issues as the origin and fine-tuning of the universe, the foundation of moral values, the resurrection of Jesus, the hiddenness of God, and many more.
A debate before 2,500 people at the University of California, Irvine, providing a defense of the historicity of Jesus' resurrection and a critique of Cavin's novel Twin Theory that post-mortem appearances of Jesus were sightings of Jesus' unknown identical twin brother.
A Veritas Forum debate at the Ohio State University with a prominent sceptic, featuring a critique of Price's claim that the belief in Jesus' resurrection is the outgrowth of mythological influences.
This debate matches Dr. Craig against one of the co-chairmen of the infamous Jesus Seminar. Will the case for the historicity of Jesus' resurrection withstand the critical scrutiny of one of the leading figures of radical New Testament scholarship? Listen and judge for yourself!
A truly remarkable series of four debates held at four Canadian universities on four different questions. Debate 1: "Did Jesus Rise From the Dead?" (University of Toronto). Ally counters Craig's argument for Jesus' resurrection by defending the apparent death theory with a novel Islamic twist: Jesus was taken down from the cross alive and placed in the tomb, where God assumed him into heaven before he could die. Debate 2: "What Must I Do to Be Saved?" (York University). Craig presents three objections to the Islamic view of salvation, and Ally responds by maintaining that God as described in the Qur’an is no less loving than the God of the Bible and that salvation is easy to obtain on the Islamic view. Debate 3: "The Concept of God in Islam and Christianity" (McMaster University). Craig argues for a Trinitarian concept of God and objects that the Islamic concept involves inadequate doctrines of divine goodness and omnipotence, while Ally argues that the primitive Christian concept of God was Unitarian and that the Islamic conception of God is not morally defective. Debate 4: "Who Is the Real Jesus?: The Jesus of the Bible or the Jesus of the Qur'an?" (University of Western Ontario). Craig argues on the basis of standard criteria of authenticity that the historical Jesus had a divine self-understanding, while Ally maintains that personal claims to divinity are inauthentic.
Muslim apologist Shabir Ally and Dr. Craig meet for a re-match on the question of Jesus' resurrection. Their exchange includes a trenchant critique of Ally's revisionist Islam, according to which Jesus was crucified but taken down from the cross alive and placed in a tomb, whence God assumed him directly into heaven.
As the climax of a speaking tour of Swedish universities in the spring of 2001 William Lane Craig met Torbjorn Tännsjö, Sweden's leading ethicist, in Gothenburg to debate the question, "If God is dead, is everything permitted?" Prof. Tannsjo is a hedonistic utilitarian, who believes that the good is whatever brings the greatest pleasure to the greatest number of people and that God has nothing at all to do with morality. Prof. Craig argues that moral values and duties are based in the commands of a holy and loving God and that without God morality becomes wholly subjective. This gripping debate will help you to clarify your own thinking about the basis of moral values.
A debate before a packed house at the University of Hawaii with Professor of Physics Victor Stenger in which Craig and Stenger square off on such issues as the Big Bang and the beginning of time, the odds of the fine-tuning of the constants and quantities requisite for life, evil and moral values, religious experience, and many more.